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UPDATE: Illness Kept Teen From Joining Family on Plane Trip -- Crash Killed All Seven


"My mom was always smiling."

The Florida family killed when their plane crashed in Alabama returning from a St. Louis family reunion Saturday, will carry on through their 16-year-old daughter who did not accompany them on the trip because she was sick.

Fred and Terresa Teutenberg died along with five of their children under the age of 10, but Terresa's oldest child from a previous relationship, Ashlei Bruewer, 16, was not on the plane. Bruewer had this to say following her family's tragic crash:

"Every single one of the kids was bright and always laughing. My mom was always smiling and extremely stepdad was a great dad and was always helping people in any way he could."

Relatives said the Teutenbergs were flying back Saturday so they could make it to church the next day. Searchers found the plane around 2:17 a.m. Sunday. The crash site was in a densely wooded area only accessible by all-terrain vehicle. Marengo County Coroner Stuart Eatmon said the plane was upside-down and one of its wings had broken off, apparently as it crashed into trees.

FAA records show that the plane was built in 1978. It’s registered to Advanced Integrated Technology Solutions LLC in Niceville, Fla. Local NWF Daily News reports that Eatmon spoke to Fred's father after the crash. Fred Sr. said he had been on his son to buy a newer plane if he was going to fly with his entire family, Eatmon said.

Terresa owned the Discovery Learning Academy who released a statement Sunday night that said the academy family was deeply saddened by the news.

"She was an excellent leader and role model. Her work within the school and the community will be greatly missed. She was patient and loving with the children in the school. Discovery Learning Academy was her pride and joy. She opened this center to serve a need within the community. She loved every single member of the Discovery family."

The Discovery Learning Academy is a preschool in Bluewater Bay, FL, with the mission "to facilitate healthy social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development for children in a secure, nurturing, healthy and educational surrounding."

Fred Teutenberg had a company called Advanced Integrated Technology Systems, and was also active in youth soccer as a coach with the Emerald Coast United travel soccer club and as the head coach of the Ruckel Middle School boys soccer team.

As a coach Fred emphasized "Striving for Perfection, Settling for Excellence."

“He not only played with our band, he played with other church bands elsewhere,” said Bob Webb of Fred, a friend and member of the family's church. “He told me one time he even toured a while. So he had a lot of interests.”

While investigating the crash the National Transportation Safety Board revealed it would take a long time to investigate the incident because the wreckage was so deep in the woods.

Video below gives an idea of the grizzly scene, with bodies "burned beyond recognition":

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